Valentine's Day Snowstorm
Low pressure formed over the deep south early on Monday, February 12th. This system headed eastward into the southeastern United States on Tuesday, February 13th and redeveloped along the mid atlantic coast by Wednesday morning, Valentine's Day. The low rapidly intensified as it passed just south of Long Island during the day Valentine's Day. The low headed northeast along the coastline Wednesday night.
The area was pummeled with 1 to over 3 feet of snowfall. Intense mesoscale snow bands developed resulting in snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches in an hour with localized amounts of 6 inches an hour occurring. Refer to radar images below. Warmer air moved in aloft at 6000 to 8000 feet resulting in sleet mixing in with the snow at Albany and to the south. Once the storm moved to our east Wednesday afternoon cold air was rapidly drawn back into the area. Refer to the soundings below. Snowfall Accumulation Map
Radar Images from February 14th:
Soundings from Albany NY:
Soundings from Upton NY - Long Island: